Women and Girls Are Still Being Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic: How You Can Give Hope This Holiday Season

We’re coming into the second winter of the COVID-19 pandemic and, despite some uncertainty with breakthrough cases and the new Omicron variant, things are looking up.  The majority of Americans, including kids, have been vaccinated. You may have even received a booster shot. Drugs to treat COVID-19, in addition to preventing it like vaccines do, are expected to be available…

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The Uneven Consequences of Climate Change: COP26, Women, Girls, and the Costs of Inaction

Climate change multiplies existing inequalities and hits people facing the greatest challenges hardest. In many, many cases, this means women and girls.   At COP26, leaders and activists from around the world gathered together to find a way to limit the worst effects of climate change, including for women and girls. Their…

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Turning Cold: The Impact of Winter Weather on Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

When you think of places like Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq, you might picture expansive deserts and a burning sun. But in reality, much of these countries are mountainous and can become bitterly cold in the winter months.   The change in seasons is especially harmful to migrants and refugee communities, who may live in flimsy housing, if they have…

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The Democratic Republic of Congo, No Matter What

This article contains stories of sexual assault, including toward children. Please take care when reading. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a massive country with incredible natural resources. But, centuries of exploitation, near-constant disease outbreaks, and chronic violence have left the country in a fragile state. Today, UNFPA provides women and…

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Out of Gas: Fuel Shortage Threatens Health Care System and Women and Girls

Gangs have gained greater control in Haiti in recent months following the assassination of Haiti’s president and a massive earthquake. Now, a fuel shortage is racking Haiti, leaving riots, kidnappings, and potentially, closed hospitals in its wake.   In Haiti, electricity outages are frequent. Fuel is used to power generators that provide electricity to hospitals, institutions, and businesses. But, many…

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UNFPA Around the World: Haiti with Yves Sassenrath

Amanda Seller, the Chief Executive Officer of Friends of UNFPA, spoke with Yves Sassenrath, UNFPA’s Representative in Haiti, about his work there after the recent political unrest and devastating earthquake.   Watch the full interview here.   Women and girls in Haiti are on the frontlines of these crises. They are health care workers in their communities, caregivers and providers for…

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Friends of UNFPA Presents: A Q&A with With Grace Filmmaker Austin Meyer

Friends of UNFPA is hosting a public virtual screening of With Grace, a new National Geographic short documentary film. The event is taking place on Tuesday, October 19 at 1 PM EST and you can register here. Directed by Austin Meyer, With Grace follows the joys, fears, and…

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Supporter Spotlight: Steve Rosenberg

Steve Rosenberg made his first gift to Friends of UNFPA in 2018 after receiving a letter from us requesting support. He recently decided to include Friends of UNFPA in his will. Steve’s reasons for his generosity are personal: “I am 76 and have had significant health problems since…

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Wanted and Needed: Midwives

You can help save 4.3 million lives each year. In war-ravaged Yemen, Rahma, a UNFPA midwife, opened a clinic in her home to serve pregnant women who had no other access to care. In August, a massive, 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti’s health system. Amid these extraordinary challenges,…

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Reproductive health supplies airlifted into quake-shattered Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK – UNFPA and partner agencies have airlifted more than 125 tons of life-saving supplies to earthquake-shattered parts of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti on August 14 killed more than 2,200 people. It injured more than 12,260 people and left 650,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. Many…

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